Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in EuropeThe EPI-WATER FP7 Research ProjectUploaded: 1 of July, 2014

A sustainable management of water resources has a potential to tackle water-related natural hazardand climate risks, and at the same time alleviate communities from poverty. In thiscontext, Economic Policy Instruments (EPIs) can help to make water allocation more efficient,water supply more reliable, and water-related risks pressures easier manageable. Furthermore, it canhelp achieving the environmental objectives of water policy in a cost-effective manner.

The main aims of the EPI-Water project were
- to assess the effectiveness and the efficiency of Economic Policy Instruments inachieving water policy goals, and
- to identify the preconditions under which they complement or perform better than other(e.g. regulatory) policy instruments.
The hompage of the project, provides a detailed source of the work done during the research.
The guide to enhance the use of EPIs is a synthesis of the program, while the ex-post and ex-ante case studies are the backbone of the work. These are accessible at the "Public Deliverables ".

Our main product was the ex-ante case study on Floods and water logging in the Tisza River basin.
For the efficient dissemination of the results we prepared a series of Hungarian language documents that tackle the questions and the potential use of EPIs in case of the most relevant water policy challenges that Hungary faces: floods, droughts and the constraints on land use change the could mitigate them.